“Roméo is embodied by Pene Pati, the Samoan tenor who caused a sensation here last year as Percy in Anna Bolena, and to whom we are attached from the start with his sincere and beautiful timbre. His diction was superlative.”
I may as well start right away with the best: Pene Pati as Roméo. We heard resounding proof of the gifts of this Samoan tenor who is a revelation…one remains dazzled by the generosity of his voice whose top range seems to have an utterly fool-proof strength, and seductive timbre. Above all, what a nuanced performance, and what incredible French diction! This is a Roméo we won’t forget.”
“This Roméo and Juliette couple is close to ideal…Pene Pati takes great care over the composer’s dynamics which others neglect. What is the use of the orchestra preparing the final pianissimo of ​“Ah, leve-toi, soleil” if the tenor sings a fortissimo? Pene Pati offers us the pianissimo, kneeling, and it’s a delight…But when his fortissimo comes, in the rage of the Act III duel, it delights us just as much.”
“Pene Pati is a fast rising lyric tenor no longer on the brink but in the midst of a major career. Pati is at the top of his game, equipped with a sizeable voice that rises easily above the staff with no sign of strain, his technique is impeccable and so is his command of French, Italian and Russian.”
Le Devoir
“He proved to us from the first moment that he everything to be a tenor we will continue to hear about the next twenty years. The voice is powerful and equal throughout the range, but he’s all about volume! He is a sensitive, sympathetic and intelligent artist.”
San Francisco Examiner
“He brought requisite ardour and gleaming sound to Roméo, melding beautifully Nadine Sierra in all four of their duets. Pati impressed even when he wasn’t courting his lover, including a glowing account of the dreamy ​‘Ah! Léve-toi soleil!”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Pati sings in a gleaming, sensuous stream of sound, heroic accents in more athletic passages and a warm, tenderly inviting depth moments of romantic intimacy.”
Opera Today
“Ingénu tenor Pene Pati is purely and simply the vocal embodiment of the Duke of Mantua, possessing the vocal swagger, the freshness of voice, and the creative energy that makes the Duke, indeed all youth, lovable.”